COVID-19 Announcement

Dear Friend and Families,

Effective immediately, ALL Options & Advocacy home visits and group activities are cancelled.  For Early Intervention (Child & Family Connections) all services are  suspended until April 15.  We will continue to accept new referrals.  The referral process will be handled via e-mail, phone, and mail.

For the HUG program (Helping Us Grow) all in-person visits are suspended at this time including Group Connections.   We will be conducting  phone and other virtual visits to support our families.

For the ARC (Autism Resource Center) all home visits and groups are cancelled at this time.  Again, we will strive to support our families via phone and e-mails.

We have also decided to cancel all support groups and events hosted by Options & Advocacy. This would include:

  • Child and Family Connections (Early Intervention) Play Groups
  • Parent Support Group Meetings including HUG Group Connections
  • Sibshops
  • P.A.L.S. Group
  • Hang Out Groups
  • Discovery Groups
  • Social Skills Groups
  • ARC Coordinated Trainings

Please know that all of your Service Coordinators, Family Educators, and Advocates are available via phone and email if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information from the CDC on how to keep your family safe click here.

Please do your part to stay well, and we will see you all real soon.

Cindy Sullivan

Executive Director

Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.

  • Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
  •  Stay home when you are sick
  •   Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
  •  Limit movement in the community
  • Limit visitors
  • Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
  • Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, hand washing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
  • Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
  • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
  • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
  • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

Helpful Links

What to do if you are sick

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

CDC Mitigation Strategy

Information for Travel